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December 13, 2018

 “Nightline” co-anchor Byron Pitts
speaks at Columbus State

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Byron Pitts, the Emmy award-winning journalist and co-anchor of ABC News “Nightline,” spoke on the Columbus Campus December 7. Following his speech, he sat with President Harrison for a “fireside chat” and took questions from the audience in Nestor Hall Auditorium.

Pitts also signed copies of his memoir, “Step Out on Nothing: How Faith and Family Helped Me Conquer Life’s Challenges.” The book chronicles Pitts’ story of overcoming a childhood filled with obstacles to achieve enormous success in life. Pitts grew up in inner-city Baltimore, and after his parents separated when he was 12,  his mother worked two jobs to make ends meet. With his stutter and inability to read, the odds were stacked against him.

As he overcame his impediments, a few key people “stepped out on nothing” to make a difference for him – from his mother, who worked tirelessly to raise her kids right and delivered ample amounts of tough love, to his college roommate, who helped Byron practice his vocabulary and speech. Pictured: Byron Pitts and President Harrison sitting on stage at Nestor Auditorium.


Registration policy change

In an effort to help improve student success, Columbus State changed its registration policy at the beginning of the Autumn 2018 semester to eliminate late registration. Support from faculty and staff was vital to the success of this change, and we want to thank you for everything you have done to make the transition as smooth as possible.

The new process has gone well overall. However, based on feedback from students, faculty, and administration there is a change to the policy regarding permission for section changes.

Section changes during the first three weeks of the semester
Students should request permission from the instructor of the section they wish to join. The approving instructor should ask the student to request verification of course participation from the instructor of the course they wish to drop.

Section changes after the first three weeks of the semester
Students must gain approval from the department chair.

Other registration requirements are the same.  For a refresher about the elimination of late registration rules, student FAQs have been developed. There is also an internal staff and faculty FAQ link that can be helpful, but please don’t share this link with students.

The Institutional Effectiveness team is gathering student success data regarding the elimination of late registration. You will see more updates on that front when there are results to share. In the meantime, please continue to share feedback and questions with your department chair or supervisor.



Teachers needed for College Success Express

College Success Express is a two-week summer program that has proven results in helping under-resourced recent high school graduates begin fall semester on the right track. Please consider joining this effort by teaching a section of a Monday-Wednesday-Friday COLS 1101 class. We need multiple teachers for each of the following two-week accelerated sessions: June 10 – 21, June 17 – 28, and July 15 – 26.

If you have time in your summer schedule, and you love to help students achieve success in an active and engaged classroom environment, contact Beth Koruna at extension 2011.

The team also needs additional help in conducting mathematics, reading, and writing remediation training sessions. If you’re qualified to teach in one of these areas and can commit to a 2.5-hour window on Tuesdays or Thursdays during those same two-week periods, contact Beth.


Health Rewards assistance today

An information session to review the Health Rewards web platform and troubleshoot any technical issues or questions will be held  today, December 13 at noon in Delaware Hall room 109

Any employee and spouse/domestic partner covered under either of the UHC plans through Columbus State must reach eight coins (formerly points) under the Health Rewards program to maintain a 20 percent payroll contribution. The cycle started on July 1, 2018, and it runs through June 30, 2019.

Questions? Contact Nichole Bowman-Glover, Wellness Coordinator at extension 3989.


Final Cougar Paws awarded for 2018

See the full list here


Ohio means jobs logoInstructors team up to help Ohio Means Jobs

Practical Nursing Program instructors Rochelle Burton and Jennifer Mauck have formed a partnership with Ohio Means Jobs. They will create and host workshops that will inform local community members about career options in the healthcare field. During these workshops, participants will learn about various resources and educational avenues for potential employment in the nursing field.

Template for out-of-office message

With the College closing for an extended period, here is a template you can use for your out-of-office messages on email or voice mail. You can customize it to fit your specific needs. If you work with students, you can remind them that online registration for Spring Semester 2019 will remain available during the closure.

Columbus State Community College will be closed from Saturday, December 22, 2018 through Tuesday, January 1, 2019. Offices will reopen for business at 8:00 a.m. on January 2. If you have an emergency, our Police Department will be available around the clock during this time. You can reach them at 614-287-2525.


In case you missed it: Reminders of recently published events 


Hot water being shut off in Eibling

Eibling Hall has aging hot water tanks that must be replaced. This project will take several weeks. Therefore, the hot water in the building will be shut off today, December 13 through January 11. The building will still have cold water during this time. If you have questions, contact Bill Griffith, Maintenance Supervisor at extension 5933.


Record number of graduates for tomorrow's commencement

The combined commencement for summer and autumn semesters will be held tomorrow, December 14 at 10:00 a.m. at the Celeste Center on the Ohio State Fairgrounds, 717 East 17th Ave., Columbus. A record 1,400 students combined from both terms have petitioned to graduate

A live stream of the event will be available at:


Payment processing deadlines tomorrow

Due to the college being closed from December 22 through January 1, we are asking that all invoices be approved and returned to Accounts Payable by Friday, December 14 in order for them to be processed and mailed to our vendors prior to the break.

We are also asking all associates who are requesting a travel or tuition reimbursement to please submit those documents by Friday, December 14. If you have been notified that a check is available in the cashier’s office, if is not picked up by Wednesday, December 19 it will be mailed to the address of record. Thank you for your attention and Happy Holidays!


Fee waiver request deadline December 17

The priority deadline for spring semester’s employee/dependent fee waivers is Monday, December 17.  A “Request for a Fee Waiver” form must be submitted to Human Resources in SX 139 by 4:30 p.m. on December 17 to guarantee that the fee waiver will be processed before late fees are assessed. Submit it to Morgan Sayre at, Professional Development and Retention, SX 139.

New vendor for custodial services

During the upcoming break, Facilities Management will be transitioning to a new janitorial vendor downtown. Beginning on December 17, our new vendor will be ABM Industries. During this transition, we will be working with ABM on cleaning and floor care schedules, stocking equipment and supplies, and getting them settled and ready to serve our customers. We are working to make this transition as seamless as possible. However, there may be delays in accomplishing some of the normal work done during the break. If you have specific requests during this time please contact the Work Order Desk at extension 5444. We appreciate your patience as we begin this new partnership. 


Year-end retirement celebration

Come and celebrate the retirement of Jim Hamberg from Columbus State. The Office of Institutional Effectiveness will host a cake and punch drop-in reception in the Library’s Multimedia Room (CO 111) on Friday, December 21 from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Please stop by to join us to celebrate Jim’s 29+ years of service and wish him well. 


Job performance review assistance this month

If you are in need of some brief, personal assistance as you prepare for your annual review you can come to one of several help labs scheduled over the next couple of weeks. These sessions are organized like flu shot registration: HR has created half-hour sections for up to three people in each. You can go here to register for a time.

Professional Development sessions this month

Successful, Inclusive Hiring
We’ll be taking a deep dive into our new training materials for managers and hiring committee members in this course on Successful, Inclusive Hiring. We will look at an overview of the hiring process and a closer look at the necessary steps to plan and implement fair and equitable hiring. Wednesday, December 19 from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Hostmanship - Part 2
In Hostmanship 2, we build upon this understanding developing practical applications and connections to weave Hostmanship in our daily practice with our “customers.” Hostmanship encourages us to ask what happens when we become hosts and see every interaction as an opportunity to treat ourselves, colleagues and others as guests.  We become engaged, present and active building connection, satisfaction and engagement. Wednesday, December 19 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

If you are interested in any of the classes, please register by logging in to Cornerstone then go to the “Events Calendar” under the “Learning” tab. Click on the event listed under the date listed above and Select “Request to register.” (See this guide for search and registration tips.)

Help Desk hours

Sunday, December 16 – 1:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Week of December 17 – 7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday, December 21 – 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
December 22 – January 1 – Closed
January 2 – 12 – 7:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. (Closed weekends)


Mail delivery address reminder

Mail and Distribution Services wants to remind faculty and staff that we need all campus departments to use the College's official address for the Columbus Campus delivery address. Do not use the individual building 911 addresses. (The individual building addresses, if you'll recall, were established for each structure on the Columbus Campus just over a year ago.)

  1. The delivery address for incoming mail is PO Box 1609, Columbus, OH 43216.
  2. The delivery address for incoming UPS shipments or FedEx shipments is 283 Cleveland Ave., Columbus, OH 43215.
  3. In addition to using the correct address, please include the department that the item needs to be delivered to.
  4. For freight shipments, please include the correct building and room number.

Using these addresses for your incoming mail or freight shipments will speed up delivery, and also save money for bad address surcharges.

Food service hours in December

With Finals Week upon us, hours for food service will be reduced.


Closed until January 13, 2019

Union Café and Starbucks

December 13 – 7:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
December 14 – 7:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 
Closed December 15 – January 13


December 13 - 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Closed December 14 – January 13


December 13 – 7:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
December 14 – 7:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
December 17 – 20 – 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
December 21 – 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Closed December 22 – January 6
January 7 – 10 – 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
January 11 – 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.



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Do you have news or an announcement for the employees of Columbus State? Send your news to Update, the Columbus State newsletter exclusively for employees. Update is published every Monday and Thursday during the semester, and on Mondays during semester breaks. Send your news to by Friday at 9 a.m. for inclusion in the Monday edition, and Wednesday at 9 a.m. for the Thursday edition. Update editors reserve the right to edit submissions for clarity, brevity and editorial style.

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